Health and Counseling

Fitness of body. Soundness of mind.

A healthy life starts with a healthy body

Because this community is at its best when our people thrive, we make your physical and mental well-being a priority. Getting the most out of your time here depends on maintaining the balance of energy and peace of mind needed to take advantage of the many opportunities.

Confidential, on-campus medical and counseling services are available at no additional cost to every Colby student. Health and Counseling services at Garrison-Foster are here to provide care when you’re ailing, as well as education and preventative services to help you get the most out of your Colby education and build strong habits for a healthy life.

Contact Information, Hours, and Appointments

Health Center

Office hours

SUMMER HOURS Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact us

Garrison-Foster Building, 2nd floor
4460 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901
P: 207-859-4460
F: 207-859-4475

Counseling Services

Office hours

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Contact us

Garrison-Foster Building, Room 205
4490 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901
P: 207-859-4490
F: 207-859-4495

After-Hours and Emergency Care

Health Center

Health Services Emergency

For medical emergencies on campus, call Colby Emergency Response (CER): 207-859–5911.

After-Hours Care

A registered nurse is on duty weekends from noon until 5 p.m. For medical care when the health center is closed, please visit an area hospital or medical clinic.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services Emergency

To reach an on-call counselor during business hours, call 207-859-4490 and inform our Administrative Coordinator that you are having a mental health emergency.

To reach Colby’s on-call counselor after hours, call 207-859-4490 and press “0”.

For off-campus emergency support 24/7, call Crisis and Counseling Centers Crisis Line at 1-888-568-1112.

If you have reason to believe a student is suicidal, consult the Colby College Protocol for Safeguarding Students at Risk for Suicide for guidance on how to respond.

Student Health Portal

The Student Health Portal is an online service for securely communicating with the health center, accessing immunization records and health history, receiving pre-appointment forms, and finding patient education from previous visits.

Online Resource Library

    About the Library

    Feel free to browse our Online Resource Library, which is sorted by topic.

    This information is provided as a means to encourage participation in your health and well-being and is not intended to replace consultation with a licensed professional.

    College Transition

    Common Illnesses

    The Garrison-Foster Health Center offers a full range of diagnostic services. You may be refered to MaineGeneral Hospital for further testing.

    Eating and Body Image Concerns

    First-Gen Students

    General Well-Being

    The staff at the Garrison-Foster Health Center can consult with you on any of these issues.


    Healing Racial Trauma

    LGBTQ Resources


    If you have questions regarding medication use and abuse, please contact the Garrison-Foster Health Center to make an appointment with a counselor or practitioner.

    Mental Health

    Counseling services are available to all Colby students free of charge. All meetings are confidential.


    Exercise and Nutrition for Athletes

    The nutrition counselor and the Sports Rehabilitation Department can consult with you about healthy eating and exercise.

    Nutrition and Weight Control

    Students can be referred to the nutrition counselor by a practitioner or by a counselor.

    Eating Disorders and Issues

    Counseling Services and the nutrition counselor will work with you to try and manage any eating related issues that you may have.

    Sexual Health

    The following sites provide general information on a wide range of sexual health concerns. Remember: these sites are for informational purposes only. You should always contact a practitioner if you think you may have an STD. Testing at the Garrison-Foster Health Center is free and confidential.


    Substance Abuse

    There is an alcohol and drug counselor on staff at the Garrison-Foster Health Center.

    Suicide Prevention